Andy Murray would be happy to have all his matches at the Australian Open scheduled for Hisense Arena - especially if the blustery conditions in Melbourne continue.
The cool temperatures of the weekend have been replaced with searing heat and a stiff breeze over the last couple of days as Murray prepares to take on France’s Edouard Roger-Vasselin today.
Fortunately for Murray, the Hisense Arena - the second showcourt at Melbourne Park - is largely sheltered from the wind, and the Scot profited by winning his opening-round match against Ryan Harrison in four sets. Hisense has come in for criticism due to its detached nature from the rest of the courts but Murray remains a fan.
He said: “It’s a nice court to play on because there’s not much wind. On the outside courts it’s been so windy, and on Rod Laver Arena it’s normally, from the far side, when you walk onto the court, a pretty stiff breeze you’re playing into. But on Hisense you don’t really get that. It’s a pretty calm court.”
Meanwhile Sheffield’s Jonny Marray and doubles partner Jamie Delgado lost in the first round (6-4 6-4) against Polish pair Mariusz Fystenberg and Marcin Matkowski.